New season, same ole Smokey goodness. We’re once again giving you our loves and hates for each week in a segment called “Start ‘Em and Sit ‘Em”.  You should know the drill, but if you don’t, we pick one option from each position.  Pretty cut and dry, and quite simply… basic.  It is more based on my feelings and gut approach for the week’s upcoming and changes from week-to-week.  I look at match-ups and form to formulate my craziness.  It’s like musical chairs, without all the screaming kids and regretful feeling of loss. So sit back, relax, and have a look at who we would start and sit based on match-ups and value. It’s Fantasy Premier League Start ‘Em, Sit ‘Em, Week 2 (plus a sleeper/under-owned fella that should be owned and isn’t.)



StartJamaal Lascelles, Newcastle – Cardiff is my first team to pick on, regardless if they are at home.  Gave up to scruffy goals to Spurs last week, but the Central defender should show his dominance versus a lesser offensive squad.

SitHector Bellerin, Arsenal – I do not get the ownership love?  Is there that many Gunner fans that play this game that makes his ownership over 14%.  At 5.5 he opens up basically every defender in the game to be your Huckleberry.

Contrarian PlayJeffrey Schlupp, Crystal Palace – All the defensive love is Wan-Bissaka, and rightfully so.  4.0 defenders that actually do something are fantastic.  But 4.5 ones aren’t too shabby, especially when they are OOP.


StartBernardo Silva, Man City – The KDB news had to be mentioned at some point in this post and the beneficiaries are multiple.  Mahrez, Bernardo and Sane should now see the best FPL returns.  If the news of 2 plus months is true than the 7.5 price tag is going to be a bargain.

SitRyan Sessegnon, Fulham – I saw enough from preseason to know that he wasn’t going to be an asset off the bat.  Now add in that he’s traveling to Spurs.  Yup it’s a full on pass.  Even if he is playing defense it’s an even more pass because he is listed as a middie.

Punt PlayMatt Ritchie, Newcastle – The amount of time he spends on the ball for the Geordies is unbelievable, and he takes a ton of set pieces.  Just by pure luck and happenstance he could will himself into 12 assists on the year as long as someone from Newcastle can score them.


StartSergio Aguero, Man City – Technically he shouldn’t qualify here, but I have seen a ton of should I dump him stuff on the interwebs.  That is just stupid.  I think he is a better captain option than Mo Salah this week. It is also a home fixture he always starts at home.

SitCallum Wilson, Bournemouth – Please don’t get me started on Callum frickin Wilson. Maybe I am blinded by my Josh King tinted sunglasses, but I think he lucks into so many situations.  Missed a Pk and got a goal.  So what.  Do it consistently ya prod.  The most transferred in forward of the week at over 110k transfers in.  Ugh.

Lucky StrikeRaul Jimenez, Wolves – Wolves are going to score, and score on par with the top 8-10 teams this year.  Whether they have enough defense to keep pace is the bigger question.  Jimenez got a full 90 and a goal last week and he looks embedded up top for the Wolves attack of Portuguese players.  And yes I know he is of mexican decent.


  1. EnglishMetsFan says:

    Smokey is on point with Bilva and Sergio.

    Do people have the balls to not Cpt Salah?

    We’ll see…(I have this dilema)

    • Smokey

      Smokey says:

      @EnglishMetsFan: it’s a personal preference thing.

  2. Jeremy says:

    I get it’s a contrarian take, but I’m not sure I’ve got the stones to start any defender against Liverpool if I can at all avoid it

    • Smokey

      Smokey says:

      @Jeremy: it’s totally contrarian because no one would do it. The ownership of obi wan bissaka is crazy high. And I still think schlupp is better.

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